More funding will flow to the Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville, members learned March 10.
Officials at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction, which provided a $30,755 grant for the AlcoholEdu® for High School program, informed CDFB coordinator Kim Linkel more dollars were available. She applied and learned the coalition will receive an extra $33,000 one-year grant effective July 1 and renewable for two years.
Linkel said the dollars will be used to start the Batesville Middle School sixth-grade reading curriculum on the book “Bounce” by Chad Varga; coalition awareness activities, such as August’s National Night Out plus probably one more; trainings; mileage expenses; leadership funds for the Mayor’s Youth Council and Choices Program; evaluation system; 40 developmental assets materials; and the coordinator’s salary.
Dr. Jim Roberts, Batesville Community School Corp. superintendent, suggested planning an end-of-the-school-year activity to urge kids to stay drug free over the summer. Mayor Rick Fledderman, who co-chairs CDFB with Police Chief Stan Holt, said perhaps a movie at the Gibson Theatre could be sponsored. Melinda Brown, executive director of Stayin’ Alive, the Franklin County Local Coordinating Council, advised, “When you do come into some money, make sure whatever activities are chosen” are in compliance with the coalition’s mission and goals.
Oldenburg Academy President Diane Laake said, “We have a few technical issues, which we think we have resolved,” with the new AlcoholEdu® for High School online program, created by EverFi, Washington, D.C. She reported, “Losing 12 days (of school due to poor weather), most in one quarter, has been a little stressful academically. We will have it completed by the end of the year, but not as timely as we thought we would have.”
Batesville High School associate principal Brad Stoneking said the technical problems were on the company’s end and have been fixed. After a letter is sent to parents and guardians, students will finish the mandatory noncredit class after spring break.